Saturday, April 17, 2010

We are Privy to Beautiful Views

Last weekend, with the warmer weather, Carla and I did some exploring in Copenhagen. We visited the Round Tower, which at top houses Europe's oldest and still functioning astronomical observatory. Construction of the Round Tower was finished in 1642, and for a long time was the tallest building in Copenhagen. We climbed the spiral ramp all the way to the top.

On the way to the top we passed the "library privy," where we know many famous scholars and authors from centuries past passed gas.

In 1807 Great Britain bombarded Copenhagen, but the Round Tower was thankfully not destroyed. However, a few bombs landed in the attached library (next to the privy), and one of the bombs broke apart an old book (appearing in 1324) titled Defender of the Peace, which is not so much about war and peace, but about the duties of the State separated from the influence of the Church. This artifact is preserved in the floorboards of the old library.

Along the spiral walk, we encountered a strange organism that surrounded people and starting to sing, chant, and dance. It was a lively and fun display.

From the top of the Round Tower we can see all of Copenhagen, and Sweden as well. We saw the large dome of a church and so we decided to walk that way to see what it was.

On the way we pass many buildings that typify Scandinavia: bold and individual colors.

On the way, we passed through the King's Park where many flowers are blooming. Note too Carla is not wearing her subzero sushi roll coat.

Here is the dome (the largest in Scandinavia) that we saw from the Round Tower: the Marble Church, or Marmorkirken. This picture is taken within the court of the winter royal residence, Amalienborg Palace.

Being the royal home, there must be some soldiers with royally funny hats.

We discovered a wonderful row of restaurants along a canal.

And ate some standard fare. Hotdogs are a staple here.

But also, shawerma. We have found an excellent shawerma restaurant that really lives up to its claim of being the best in Copenhagen. And finally we have found some spicy sauce that makes for some regretfully vehement intestinal distress.

On a more soothing note, Carla has nearly perfected her skills in making wonderful meringues. She only needs to figure out how to make it so they can be easily separated from the cooking sheet. Anyhow, my colleagues at the lab are extremely impressed when I pull these out at lunch.

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